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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

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674 Ratings

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 52
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- pours a redish brown with a short lived small frothy head.

S- a strong presence of alcohol fills the nose. Followed by citrusy hops then slightly sweet maybe raisins and sour apples.

T- syrupy sweet, but tart and sour. Alcohol and finishes with a mild grassy hop taste. Like raw broccoli.

M- Thick, slick, and boozy. Mucho alcohol warming. Pretty decent amount of carbonation.

D- Drinking this stuff will put hair on your chest. Syrupy, sour with a stiff alcohol taste. This stuff would be a serious "acquired taste". One was more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 20:49:48 | More by JayNH
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance was a nice brownish red. Very thick pouring almost syrupy.

Smell was very sweet and the alcohol was very prevalant.

First taste very sweet with slight fruit notes (figs came to mind) that are quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very thick and it burned from the alcohol.

Drinkability....well it was neat to try one but a little overwhelming. As with some extreme/high abv beers it's drinkability is IMO lowered. I could have used like half the portion they gave me....that bottle is huge.

Definitaly worth a try and may be more palatable to those who fancy themselves as Barleywine afficionados(sp). For myself who is much more into the bitter beers it was a little much and I probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 03:46:16 | More by Mit
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a sugary element and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You could really tell this had a 10.70% ABV. Not very well masked.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: While this is a well made beer, it's not my favorite. Still outside of the alcohol, the taste is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 13:43:00 | More by avalon07
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Half-time.

Pours a dark mahogany in to my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Small half finger head no lacing.

Smells of malt and alcohol.

Tastes just as it smells. This brew begins with the malt and finishes with a warming alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked.

Feels outstanding in the mouth, medium to full body and perfectly carbonated.

This brew kicks ass at nearly 12% abv. (I know that it says 10.4% above but it is now 11.4% as per Half-time)

So as far as drinkability you can get messed up pretty quick drinking this brew. It is not as smooth as other 10+ abv beers I have had but, I found it easier to drink as the night went on.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2008 02:40:34 | More by LennyV
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I really love Barley Wines. And I really love Wheat Beers. Oh yeah, and Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries. How could I go wrong?

A- Dark ruby brown colored liquid filled my glass. Thick creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Dark but shiny beer.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a lot of alcohol up front. Caramel sweet goodness and a hint of bitter hops.

T- Yes. I love this. Roasted caramel malts, hops, wheat, dried fruits, all wrapped into one. What?? Yes. This works. This is VERY good. Sweet and smooth up front, hop bitter bite at the end. Nicely done, nicely done. I love this style apparently.

M- Rich, syrupy, sticky, and somewhat creamy. Very filling but so tasty.

D- I drank this with pure ease just because the flavors were so great. Smuttynose has a big winner here. I need to seek out more wheat wines. This one is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:55:09 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a smoky amber color with very little khaki colored head

S - Smells like wheat, alcohol, caramel, strong and sweet

T - This beer packs a punch. It tastes of alcohol, toffee, malt, and a little bit of fruit.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, creamy but not too thick.

D - I enjoyed a 750 ml bottle of this, and that was enough of this stout brew to satisfy and make me warm and fuzzy inside.

This is a solid beer in the genre, but not the best of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:23:09 | More by HeyItsChili
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
bottle conditioned in 2008.

Pours a very cloudy orange amber with a one finger off white head that settles quickly. Aromas of alcohol, wheat, caramel and dark cherry. Caramel and alcohol up front with some raisin, cherry, and lemon in the middle with a chocolate finish. Medium carbonation, medium to full body, starts out creamy and ends slightly chalky and dry. Solid drinkability for a 10.7% beer. Great mix of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 19:56:28 | More by scottg
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 19:27:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick amber-orangey brown color with a small and medium bodied tan colored head that fades fast to almost nothing on to of the beer. Not alot of lacing either.
S: Smells of sweet wheat and barley, somewhat vinous in aroma and somewhat yeasty.
T: Very complex up front taste. Barley malt, wheat malt is present, then fades to a sweeter vinous fruit taste, then a bit yeasty, then a bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Very rich, complex, warming, and nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, there was alot of alcohol in this one so it was a bit less drinkable, but it was an interesting taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 12:07:39 | More by erosier
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a dark orange with a thick, sticky head. The smell is rather sweet, but not really remarkable for specific characteristics, perhaps a hint of alcohol. I did enjoy the taste. This full bodied beer is smooth as it goes down, initially malty sweetness followed by phenols and alcohol. The 11% abv is fairly well hidden, but this beer is a definite sipper. Even though this is my first wheat wine, I think it is a great style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 23:26:46 | More by bonkers
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades very quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

This beer has a very sweet malty caramel aroma. It smells of dark fruit. Some spices are also present. Some cloves. It has a very slight grainy aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A little less wheat like and more barley wine like than I expected. Very sweet caramle malt flavor. Some cloves mix in as well. A subtle grainy flavor is also present.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the aggressive flavor would become cloying after a time.

Overall: Thanks to Mbrandon2w for the generous hook up. I am happy to have tried this beer. It is a new style, and I have been looking forward to it for quite some time now. I wouldnt say it is my favorite beer, or style, but I didnt think it was bad. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:48:04 | More by OStrungT
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head and what appears to be low to mid-range carbonation.

Aroma is smooth with wheat, raisin and a bit of clove in the nose. A light touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste starts out smooth at first and then transitions into a range of wheat, raisin and caramel followed by a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is somewhat less harsh than that of a regular barleywine. It's lighter and seems more tolerable. The alcohol at the back of the throat stings a bit going down.

Very good and it's the first example of this style that I've had. I would probably buy another bottle to age as this has a bit much alcohol heat but would definitely smooth out with some aging. Need to seek out more examples of this style but I think this one is well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:42 | More by Brad007
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a handsome mahogany/ruby-red color, small tan head fades into a thin collar around the beer, and some interesting swirls of foam in the center of the snifter. Smell is heavy with caramel, almost syrupy sweet smells, faint citrus hop aroma. Smell is big and dangerous. I believe one previous review referred to caramel apples when describing the taste, and I couldn't agree more. Big juicy apple-flesh flavors, warming alcohol, and some bitter grapefruit on the back of the tongue. Velvety-smooth & thick, very very sticky, mouth-coating flavors, lingering spice/bitterness/alcohol burn. A sipper, for sure. Delicious beer from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:31:46 | More by corey0212
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with multiple pours into a Chimay chalice.

Ive been searching for wheatwines lately and have always been eager to try this one. Love smuttys big stuff and this didn't dissapoint.

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark mahogany brown with no head at all, looks like a trappist quad if I didnt know any better.

S: Roasted sugars with not much in the way of wheat aromas. As it warmed, so much more came out and the honey was delicously inviting, honey/rum soaked raisins. Could sit back and smell this all night- they should make air fresheners out of this scent.

T: Sweetest of wheats with a ton of flavor. Butterschotch schapps flavor with a deep sweet caramel apple taste. Im sold on this one even though it was too sweet at first but rounded out well. Strong relation to those round dried apples you get from the bulk bins.

M: Very thick and heavy with an inviting burn from the abv.

D: This one has some balls but is a very tasty beer. To be able to easily have a beer of this strength in a wheatwine and have no problem with a big bottle says good things about drinkability.

I honestly dont catch the wheat portion of it, more notes of a barleywine, but doesnt mean I dont like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 23:22:59 | More by marcpal
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours in a snifter with a auburn, copper, bourbon-like body w/ a 1-finger head that receeds quickly and leaves a little bit of lacings. The aroma is packed with a heavy, thick malt smell of caramel and other sugariness, plus some spices. A little bit of alcohol sips in, creating a warming sensation. Even though this is a mix, it really comes across as a barleywine. The sugariness and syrupiness comes through in a thick, almost full-body and is matched with a pronouced sourness. A heavy, almost alcohol burning taste on the tongue; just a tad smoothness. This is a good beer but much more barleywine that wheat (not an even mix). Still contains a dry, hot backbite that resembles a cinnamon burn - and retains drinkability. There's still a good amount of sweetnessl this beer is complete with nut, almond, roasted and other malts that give it that sweet edge. I'd have this again, but I'm not going to seek this out. Just a little too potent and a little too sugary for a sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 20:12:38 | More by clayrock81
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-amber color under a thick bone white head which fades quickly to a thin film. No lacing noted.

Immediate sweet aromas of buckwheat honey, dark brown sugar, green apples, fresh wheat bread, spices and ethanol greet the nostrils.

Pleasant subdued carbonation resulted in a smooth, full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Flavors were sweet and almost a tad cloying but the big alcohol content cuts it down nicely. Notes of caramel apples, almonds, brown sugar, butterscotch, and fresh baked wheat rolls coat the palate.

As sweet as this brew is it serves up a big kick with a warming finish. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 06:26:17 | More by macster
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (2008) into a Meantime snifter.

Pours much darker than expected, with a barleywine-esque amber/deep ruby-red hue. The wheatwine is slightly hazy with no visible carbonation, but minute traces of dark yeast particles are visible. A fleeting tan head recedes to a ring of bubbles and a wisp of foam. Great aroma on this one--again, it's akin to a barleywine, but I don't mind when it smells this good. The nose picks up a huge presence of toffee and caramel malts backed by some sour tartness, lots of herbal hops, and a slightly fragrant alcohol note.

An intense rush of syrupy (and sligtly sour) wheat and rich, candied malts greets the palate. The sweetness is immediately kept in check by a hearty dose of spicy, floral hops and a liquor-esque boozy warmth. Finishes with a complex blend of spice, alcohol, nuttiness, and some veggies. The body is a bit too viscous and heavy on the tongue, and the alcohol makes things sticky at times, but the mouthfeel significantly improves as the beer warms. A low carbonation level allows it to meld into a creamy, velvety malt bomb. Overall, this was a great beer and one helluva tasty sipper. I wish I had another bottle to age for a few years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 04:19:10 | More by wagenvolks
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Murky maple syrup colored liquid with little to no head, only very slight foam on surface.

S = Almonds (almost like an oloroso sherry), maple syrup, pungent floral hops, well balanced, I really like the nutty smells.

T = Sweet syrup, almond and walnut with slight walnut bitterness, fresh baked whole wheat bread, very well rounded flavors.

M = Heavy body, good mouthcoating, stings just a little with alcohol burn.

D = A tasty brew, definitely worth coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 01:31:14 | More by Traquairlover
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

Sweet burnt sugars, intense caramel, some crisp lemony citrus underneath, a big body but balanced with dry alcohol warmth that melds well.

Very complex dried fruits, the nose is the showcase of this brew.

As far as extreme beers go, this one meets the mark and then some. It is the truth.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:11:08 | More by PBoegel
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chimay goblet; bottle conditioned in 2008

Pours a hazy, light mahogany with tawny highlights. A slightly off white cap rises and fades quickly. Little to no retention and lacing.

Fusel alcohol and sweetness jump out of glass, followed by brown sugar and ripe fruit (granny smith apples and grapes). Llmost like a really good apple cider. Lots of spice and heavy fusel alcohol.

Dry and very wine like. Brown sugars, dried apples, grainy wheat, medicinal hops....this guy is all over the place, and I really like it. Sweet and sugary and finishs dry and fruity.

Full-bodied and viscous. Big on the palate and sits heavy.

A sipper. Big and heavy, very wine-like.

I really enjoyed this beer. First example of the style and I really think Smuttynose has a great interpretation here. I paired this with some really sharp cheddar cheese and it was excellent. The sharpness of the cheddar cuts through the booze, leaving behind the sweet sugars and fruits.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:16:39 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored ale with a thin rapidly fading head.Aroma is alcohol and very faint caramel.Taste is alcohol and molasses.This is not as sweet as the barleywines I've tried yet still had a good amount of sweetness.Overall pretty good but not something you can drink a lot of in one sitting.I would recommend to try it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 05:08:19 | More by matty
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage from bomber to Reidel Cab glass...

Pours darker than expected-a nice bourbon body with little or no visible carbonation and a light tan head that dissipates quickly with sparse lacing.

Excellent caramel malt blends with fervent wheat electricity and apple spicy sweetness of alcohol. Hop presence is mildly piney at first. Not quite 100% synergistic but it's a nicely blended package.

The roastiness of the malt emerges on the palate well with a latent hop presence with a strong pucker becoming somewhat grassy as well as slightly floral. Alcohol is forward at first but comes in nicely. Woody wheat texture gives this a rustic, roasted austere bite to it.

The feel is interesting-strong all-around with balance in abundance. Surprisingly more of a Scotch Ale feel with extra hop bite on the finish. Would be good in front of a fire, indoors or outdoors.

The alcohol burn of this one makes it a definite sipper. Could use some time to cool off. Still, yet another compelling offering from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 11:25:47 | More by IBUnit63
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage sampled October 12, 2008.

A tiered colour scheme that sees brown ocher on top progressively brighten to mandarin orange on bottom. The two tones bind and blend together beautifully. Deep set shades impede a see through body but glisten with luster. A thin white lace traces its outline.

Its aroma is surprisingly depleted of any fruity esters or spicy phenols common with high gravity wheat beers. The malt bill falls just short of bringing out any rich notes of butterscotch or toffee. There seems to be a good content of hops but I wouldn't consider this fruity. It is an herb-like smell, very botanical in character. The closest association I can make is a spicy pumpkin pie, but this bouquet is a hard one to peg down.

The taste isn't all that distinguishing either; it isn't brimming with flavour like most other beers of this strength would be. Again a spice filled pumpkin pie comes to mind along with other herbaceous, almost vegetable like notes. There is a splash of buttery caramel. Altogether the taste comes off as being considerably perfumy with a very delicate presence on the palate.

The 10.7% alcohol has been nearly completely polished out of this bottle with the more than 24 months it spent in the cold cellar. Any bitterness has gone by the wayside as well. The result is a beer lacy and perfumy. There isn't a whole lot of flavour and there is even less mouthfeel. Each sip is remembered after by but a dash of spice and lingering wheat.

What may make for shortcomings in flavour and mouthfeel may just work to its favour in drinkability. Make no mistake - this is a big beer. That said, it certainly isn't hectic, it isn't audacious and is far, far from overbearing. This would make a wonderful pairing to a classic Thanksgiving turkey dinner, take my word!

I wasn't taken by Smuttynose's Wheat Wine, but I was certainly happy I decided to hide one in the cellar way back when. The age seems to have done it well. I've never had a bad beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. In fact, I've never even had anything less than a really good one. Like the other offerings, this is one I look forward to revisiting again later down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:43:54 | More by biegaman
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice apple cider amber, with a short lived fluffy head. Did not lace the glass.
I put my nose in the head nosing for the nose.
A robust bitter hopped start with enduring bitterness throughout the flavor with roundness or body to the flavor supplied by a malt character.
A nice long finish consisting of the same lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor.
The finish is vibrant- that my taster turns into the energizer bunny-- keeps going and going and going. This beer really has a finish quality about it- memorable.
Mouthfeel is cordial. This beer is nice to savor after each sip.
Drinkability is down because the 10% ABV but that's a minor complaint.
I wish there was more complexity to the flavor but I'm looking for something to complain about.
I bought two bottles! Yippeee!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:29:52 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours really thick looking like it has a high viscosity, a deep amber with a nice looking blotchy head on top. Aroma is a little weaker than I expected, very airy hops with a touch of light crystal going on there. The taste is pretty prevalently alcohol-y with really not a lot going on there. It tastes very clean other than the alcohol without a lot of roastyness or sweetness that really draws your attention. There's a moderate hop aftertaste but nothing overwhelming or similar to other barleywines I've had. I guess what differentiates this as a wheat wine is the smooth mouthfeel which is pretty nice, I just wish there was a little more flavor behidn it to back it up. I just brewed one of these and I think mine is signficantly more heavily hopped which I think would go well for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 20:10:07 | More by wiseguy142
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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